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The carousel
Plain, Belva.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte, 1995.
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544 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
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Best-selling author Belva Plain follows the  enormous success of Whispers and  Daybreak with another explosive  novel that explores the realities simmering below the  surface of a seemingly admirable Amencan family.  In the opening pages of The Carousel  a woman is looking at an exquisite music box, a  silver carousel. She is pensive and reflects upon  how this beautiful object has linked the momentous  events of a family's life. She has married into  that family, the Greys, whose successful business is  nationally known. The sun has long shone upon the  patriarch, Oliver Grey, his two sons Ian and  Clive, and his niece and nephew, Amanda and Dan. Oliver  has recently handed over control of the business  to his two sons and his nephew. Amanda has a  non-voting share. Now the sky has clouded over and  terrible storms arise as a series of incidents  threatens to destroy the family... Amanda is making  furious demands upon the business. Ian's greed and his  adultery collide with Clive's jealousy. And the  five-year-old daughter of Dan and his wife has been  the victim of sexual abuse. The Greys, pillars of  their upstate New York community, are being torn  apart. And before their ordeal comes to an end  someone will be the victim of murder. As she did in the  enormously successful Whispers,  Belva Plain tells a timely story of a family with  a dark and dirty secret. With the additional  touches of mystery--a new territory for Belva Plain  --The Carousel confirms her place as  one of our most compelling and popular writers.  "The queen of the family saga writers...Belva Plain  is in a class by herself." -- The New  York Times.

Author Notes

Belva Plain lives in northern New Jersey. She is the author of the bestselling novels "Evergreen", "Random Winds", "Eden Burning", "Crescent City", "The Golden Cup", "Tapestry", "Blessings", "Harvest", "Treasures", "Whispers", "Daybreak", "The Carousel", "Promises", "Secrecy", "Homecoming", "Legacy of Silence", "Fortune's Hand", and "After the Fire".

(Publisher Provided) Belva Plain was born in New York City on October 9, 1915. She received a degree in history from Barnard College in 1939. Her first short story was published in Cosmopolitan when she was 25 years old, and she continued to write for the publication for years. Her first novel, Evergreen (1978), was on the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a television miniseries. Her other works include Crescent City, Promises, Blessings, The Carousel, Daybreak, and After the Fire. She died on October 12, 2010 at the age of 95.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

When a family business passes from one generation to the next, a lot can happen. But in Plain's newest novel, office politics is just a subplot of the real drama that takes place after everyone goes home. Clive, a short and sickly bachelor, and Ian, his handsome lady-chasing brother, now run Grey Foods with their cousin Daniel. Clive is concerned about his future; Ian is flabbergasted over Clive's new bride; Daniel worries about the threat of selling the company; Daniel's wife, Sally, has the most to be worried about. She believes someone sexually molested their five-year-old daughter, and her search for who among her famous family could have done such a thing causes another tragedy. Sally's maternal feelings and natural instincts are the best part of this book, which is an unsubtle reworking of the family-secret-that's-been-buried-for-years theme. Plain tosses in a not very sophisticated murder-mystery angle, but her devoted readers will forgive her this indiscretion--and she has droves of readers, all of whom will be demanding this book. (Reviewed Feb 15, 1995)0385311079Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

Plain's latest mystery concerns business machinations, child molestation and murder within a powerful family. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This new novel concerns a seemingly forthright family's dark secrets. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.